J-XY - maybe J-35 - next generation carrier-borne fighter


Derpy

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Why is the J-31 variant taking so long compared with the J-20 plane?
Well if they would keep the same pace as the F35C program and asuming FC-31 is the equivilant of the X-35. we should see them enter service by 2031. My bet is they are gonna be ready before that.. :)

China have tightend up opsec in the last years and have grown to the point that they are now trying to hide or downplay there strength/progress, this mean we wont see or hear much about new projects untill much later in there development progress.
 

Breadbox

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If you want to see the original screencap of the announcement by AVIC, it's in this thread.
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It speaks of a new fighter making its first flight in 2021, the consensus is that it's a naval fighter based on the FC-31, well if that's the case, wouldn't it mean that the second flight is a full 9 years after the first? Anyway, nine years later and we are only at the 'first' flight stage, ridiculous.
 

Xsizor

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It speaks of a new fighter making its first flight in 2021, the consensus is that it's a naval fighter based on the FC-31, well if that's the case, wouldn't it mean that the second flight is a full 9 years after the first? Anyway, nine years later and we are only at the 'first' flight stage, ridiculous.
Maybe ever considered that J35 has to be operated in an EMALS launch system ? Maybe they were waiting for the EMALS system to be ready? If EMALS never took off, they'd have to start again with the J35 , that'd operate by a ski-jump , which would mean lower take-off weight and speed.
 

vesicles

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If you want to see the original screencap of the announcement by AVIC, it's in this thread.
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It speaks of a new fighter making its first flight in 2021, the consensus is that it's a naval fighter based on the FC-31, well if that's the case, wouldn't it mean that the second flight is a full 9 years after the first? Anyway, nine years later and we are only at the 'first' flight stage, ridiculous.
But it says it's an Air Force-version...
 

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